HU wins Manchester tourney

 Revenge was sweet for the Foresters as they avenged two earlier losses on their way to winning the Manchester Pizza Hut Tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.

HU opened the tournament with a 25-14, 25-9, 23-25, 25-15 win over the host Spartans. Alyssa Schroeder dished out 44 assists and three of the Forester hitters reaped the benefits. Natalie Villwock led the team with 15 kills and she added 10 digs and four blocks. Brittney Smelser contributed 11 kills and team-highs of 19 digs and four aces. Kristen Spearman finished with nine kills and a team-leading eight blocks.

"This was probably one of most consistent matches we've played all year, with the exception of game three," said Coach Schroeder. "Manchester could not stop our offense."

In their second match, the Foresters completely dominated Calumet College of St. Joseph with a 25-15, 25-8, 25-7 rout. Kayley Cervenka had eight kills to lead the team. Schroeder finished with 24 assists. Rebekah Brown tallied four blocks. Chelsey Melvin had a team-high seven digs and Amanda Meyers led the team with six aces.

Saturday was a day of grudge matches. First HU faced Goshen, who knocked off the Foresters in five games just four days earlier. HU turned the tide on the Maple Leafs and got its own five game win 15-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-10.

Schroeder provided a huge spark for the Foresters leading the team in assists with 30, aces with nine and blocks with five. Smelser took team-high honors with 13 kills and Melvin had 11 digs.

"Alyssa was our player of the game," said Coach Schroeder. "She did a fabulous job of running the offense."

In HU's final match of the tournament, the Foresters had another opportunity for revenge against Alma College who had beaten them in three straight last weekend in Defiance, Ohio. HU battled and finally overcame with a 24-26, 25-23, 25-24, 11-25, 15-23 victory over the Scots.

"We got off to our usual slow start, but played well enough to win," said Coach Schroeder. "After our long battle with Goshen, we struggled to keep our intensity and play consistent."

Schroeder had another big match with 48 assists, 12 digs and three blocks. Smelser put down 21 kills and Villwock chipped in 12 kills, four blocks and team-leading 18 digs and five aces.

Villwock was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player and Smelser joined her on the All-Tournament team.

With the four wins, the Foresters improve to 10-6 on the season.


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